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China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
Haikou was made a prefecture-level city as well as the capital of the newly-created Hainan Province in 1988. Haikou is situated at the north of Hainan island, is the capital of Hainan Province of the People's Republic of China and has an estimated population of 631,179 in 2006, therefore by far the largest city on the island.
Hainan is the smallest province of Haikou, located off the southern coast of the country. It consists of several islands, the largest of which is also called Hainan Island. When speaking of Hainan in Chinese, it is usually the main Hainan Island that is referred to. The PRC government claims Hainan's territories to extend to the southern Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands and other disputed marine territory. Hainan is also known as the largest Special Economic Zone laid out by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in the late 1980s.
Haikou is located between 19.57 to 20.05 north latitude and 110.10 to 110.23 east longitudes in the southernmost part of China, in an area that reaches from Zengmu Ansha in the south to the Qiongzhou Strait in the north; bordering the sea areas of the South China Sea and facing Vietnam in the west across Beibu Bay.

Hainan is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of China.

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